Mrs. McKinnon was not a rugged pioneer. She owned a poodle dog named "Tippy Toodles". One day Mrs. McKinnon came to see mother at the same time that Mrs. Donaldson came with her big shepherd dog. When Mrs. McKinnon left, both Mama and Mrs. Donaldson walked across the clearing with her. At the edge of the woods the shepherd dog bit or somehow hurt the little poodle slightly. When he let out a yelp, Mrs. McKinnon cried, "Oh, my poor Tippy Toodels" and was on the verge of tears. Mrs. Donaldson gave Mama a look that plainly said, "Now what do you think of that?".
After a big flood, my dad built a pig pen on higher ground, and also a shed for us to use in case of high water. Across the river from us was John Olson, his wife and daughter Esther. Olson was clearing land, cutting down small trees and letting the flood carry them away. Everyone wanted to get rid of the timber so as to make a farm. Anyway, he was in a canoe and he was swearing lustily when my sister Peggy began to sing, "Shall We Gather at the River?".
Queetsy Robinson was the first white girl born on - the Clearwater. Her father, J. J. Robinson, was a man with quite a bay window. Seeing some birds that were built very full-breasted, I named them Robinson birds.
The first high-heeled shoes I ever saw were worn by either Miss Head or Miss Dickey. We girls had always worn boys' shoes, ordered from Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago. If they didn't fit, we had to wear them anyway.
While the river bottom and uplands were covered mostly with alder, willow, and cottonwood, the steep hill behind McKinnon's was heavily wooded with spruce and other big timber. We called that hill the "Nickleplate" and no one liked to go over it afoot. They preferred canoeing on the river. Clarence Read once met a wolf there.
There was one man on the Queets (Frieda does not recall his name) who liked flowers. Like Johnny Appleseeds, he brought in rose bushes and gave one to each woman in the neighborhood. The roses were the big red 'cabbage' variety, and did much to brighten the landscape.